I tasted dozens of wines at the New Orleans Wine And Food Experience Grand Tasting. Find the full report on my favorites here.
- The Sazerac Bar at The Roosevelt New Orleans - Guys behind the bar had strong personalities to pair with excellent drink preparation, which came with flare and entertaining or educational commentary. As high-brow as it may be, they were not above taking extra care of guests. More details here.
- Mr. B's - A serious approach to southern hospitality, with a smooth-running team effort. And no napkins left lying! See the full review.
- Tujague's - A one-man show of service from our energetic, authentic, young server. Best line of the trip: "This wasn't Ralph's best day." Speaking of the whole fried chicken he had just served up. Low-key, under the radar humor was interlaced with completely efficient care of the table.
- Teddy's Cafe at The Roosevelt - I thought about grouping the three Roosevelt establishments, but they all brought their own excellence. Teddy's was all about friendly speed. And great coffee.
- Fountain Lounge at The Roosevelt - From hosting unannounced, large, late-night groups, to freshly brewed, large coffee to go, the Lounge's service was as good as its live entertainment.
- Mr. B's - I still taste the savory/sweetness of the Bacon Wrapped Shrimp and Grits.
- Tujague's - Chicken Bonne Femme, an experience to be had.
- Galatoire's - The famed Godchaux Salad lived up to the hype, with crab and a coarse, spicy Creole Mustard Vinaigrette.
- Fountain Lounge at The Roosevelt - For the darkest, thickest, tastiest Smoked Chicken Gumbo.
- Clover Grill - More of an experience, but still a solid breakfast or burger any time. Open 24/7.
Anything at The Sazerac Bar - I was deep into my Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye. Ramos Gin Fizzes and Sazeracs flowed, but I also witnessed on-the-spot bar chemistry concoctions, and straightforward, traditional cocktails of all sorts.